LatinNews Daily - 19 March 2021

In brief: Nicaragua’s trade deficit widens

* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has published new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$253.3m in January 2021, up 3.5% on the same month in 2020. Meanwhile imports totalled US$393.6m, up 12.8% on the same month in 2020. This leaves a trade deficit of US$140.3m, up 34.9% on January 2020. As regards the main export sectors, manufacturing accounted for 46.2% of exports (with total manufacturing exports up 3.9% on January 2020), while mining accounted for 26.6% of the total (up 29.5%) and agriculture exports, 24.1% (down 12.1%).